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The Designer-Looking Bag So Good, It Has Its Own Waiting List

When it comes to shopping for accessories, and bags in particular, there are a few things that we always look for whether we’re investing in a designer purchase or a savvy high-street find. Firstly, quality–we have to know that the craftsmanship will go the distance. Secondly, price–does the cost per wear make the purchase worthwhile? And last but not least, style–will it look just as good in a year’s time as it does now? Well, as someone who spends an awful lot of time scrolling through new-in styles, there is one bag in particular that has garnered a lot of attention, and it might just surprise you to find out where it’s from.  

Every so often a piece comes along that generates such a buzz in the Who What Wear office that we give it it’s own nickname, and over the last couple of weeks we’ve had a lot to say about what we refer to as “the Anthro bag”. That’s right, you can shop it at premium high-street store, Anthropologie. By now, you’ll be aware that we have a particular skill when it comes to spotting the next big thing, and accessories happen to be our forté, so just imagine our collective delight when we came across a hidden gem on the Anthropologie website–a sizeable handbag, crafted from vegan leather, and in a style that references one of the most iconic designer bags in recent years (and in very well-executed style I might add). Enter the Melie Bianco Satchel. 

Available in six different colours and two different sizes, Melie Bianco’s woven bag is the perfect option for those who love Bottega Veneta’s Jodie bag (but not the price tag), and we love the brand’s approach to quality, craftsmanship, and affordable luxury. All of their bags are made from premium vegan leather in a cruelty-free, animal-friendly environment, with fairtrade principles, so what’s not to love?. Should you be looking for a new bag that will go with just about everything you already own, the satchel is a strong contender, so there’s no need to search through endless pages of totes and top handles, I’ve already done the hard work for you. Keep scrolling to see and shop the bag we’re convinced is fashion’s best kept secret.

Buzz around the original large black bag is so strong that it’s currently on backorder, so you can shop it now and expect to receive in May, but it’s well worth getting your order in before stock runs out. 

You won’t have to wait quite as long for the springy green colourway, it’s ready to order now and ship at the beginning of April. 

There’s metallics too! Now just to choose between the yellow or silver… The best part? You can pick it up from store in 48 hours. 

Just imagine how good this would look on a sunny day with a white summer dress. 

There’s a mini version in shimmery copper too. 

There’s only a handful of the tan bag left, and it’s currently in the sale, so you won’t get a better price.

Sure the Jodie is a classic, but the Sardine’s handle sets it apart from the rest. 

The perfect city-to-beach bag. 

Understated elegance. 

JW Anderson’s knot bag is unline anything we’ve seen before. 

I’ll be dreaming about this bag for the foreseeable. 

The inspo and style that started it all.

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